One of my favorite people on GoodReads is my friend ♥ Rachel ♥, whose enthusiasm for YA is positively infectious. I love when she gets excited about a book, so I was really happy when she agreed to do a series of guest posts about the various author events she attends around the Los Angeles area. Without further ado, please welcome the lovely Rachel to The Midnight Garden! ~ Wendy
Rachel’s Night at the HarperTeen Author Event
First of all, I’d like to thank Wendy for inviting me on her blog to share my night!
I was giddy with excitement to attend this event at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, because let’s face it: these women you see on the poster are the rock-star equivalent in the YA book world! The event was very crowded and with five authors and so much to tell, it was a little crazy.
Anna Carey, the author of Eve, is local to Southern California. When asked why the dystopian genre is currently so popular, she said that she saw a chart on GoodReads tracking dystopian; there were spikes at the time of the Cold War and then again in 9/11, so she thinks it’s directly tied to what’s going on around us. In her case, she likes to experience fear in a controlled environment in the safety of her own home, and these stories provide this type of thrill. I can totally relate to that! Anna’s book has been optioned by ABC Family to be a TV show.
Cynthia Hand was a little cagey. I of course wanted to know about the Christian-Clara-Tucker love triangle, so I asked if she knew who Clara would end up with when she first started writing the Unearthly series. Here’s her answer: “I did.” She said she’s not an outliner, but always had a vague notion where the book was going to end up, and knew what she thought was right. Hmm……food for thought, but I think this answers my question of who Clara ends up with! Last time Cynthia was here on the blog, she also mentioned the possibility of a book about Maggie, Clara’s mother. Cynthia said that she’s not allowed to talk about it further, but she already has the story in mind and her agent loves the idea. Future project? Well it involves a girl who’s good at firing a six-shooter! That was all I could get out of her, crafty woman!! On a sad note, the plans to make Unearthly into a TV series by the CW are back to square one, it did not make it through this past round.
Marie Lu has a spunky and fun personality. She said she lives only a mile away from Vroman’s, so she was excited about being at her local bookstore. I loved that Marie said one of her favorite things about writing is hearing from her readers, getting emails from them, especially from the younger ones because they’re so blunt; they tell you exactly what they liked and what they didn’t. Marie also told us that her book Legend has been optioned for film by CBS films and the screenplay is currently being written. Wow!
Tahereh Mafi was so friendly, and seemed genuinely excited to be there. I was cracking up several times at her answers to questions. She said she a lot of things influenced her to write Shatter Me. She was a huge fan of Jane Austen’s romances, and that, courtesy of her mother, she’s seen just about every film adaptation, haha! I think her mom and I would get along. She was also fascinated in 7th grade by The Giver, and then due to her four older brothers, she watched a lot of Bruce Lee movies. This explains a lot when you read her novel! Her book has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.
|A. Carey, C. Hand, M. Lu, T. Mafi, V. Rossi|
I thought Veronica Rossi described her novel Under the Never Sky in a very appealing way. She said she didn’t set out to write a YA novel but has always loved coming-of-age stories because it’s a story of firsts. The dystopian/apocalyptic genre lends itself to good storytelling, since it’s a perfect scenario for survival and extremes. Veronica told us that her book has been optioned by Warner Bros. and she hadn’t heard from them in a year, but she just missed their phone call the day of the signing.
Book signings are always so exciting to me. It is absolutely thrilling to have the opportunity to talk to authors whom you admire or have inspired great emotion in you. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way, because authors Lauren Kate and Lissa Price were among the audience fan-girling away with the rest of us!